In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman.
Weight: 225 pounds
Position: Wide Receiver
All it takes is one glance at Brandon Coleman to understand why fans of all 32 teams are clamoring to draft him.
The Rutgers wide receiver boasts an almost unheard of 6-6, 225-pound frame. He simply towers over most cornerbacks, wisely using his size to his advantage. Coleman uses his long arms to shed away defensive backs, and they also give him a wide catch radius. Meanwhile, Coleman’s long legs allow him to cover a ton of ground in a single stride. The wideout proved his strength as well at the Combine as his 21 reps on the bench press were the second most of anyone at his position.
Coleman ended his three-year career in the Garden State with 94 catches, 1,808 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging one touchdown just over every four catches. His top season came as a sophomore when he notched 42 receptions for 718 yards and 10 scores, earning Second Team All-Big East honors in the process. Offseason knee surgery seemingly led to a dip in production in 2013 as he caught 34 balls for 538 yards and four touchdowns.
Draft analysts say Coleman needs to be more consistent as he has been plagued by too many drops over his career. Nonetheless, with 6-6 height and a penchant for making a big play, at the very least he figures to be a dangerous red zone weapon at the next level.
40-yard Dash: 4.56
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
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